Shaheen Shah Afridi, the key bowler of the Pakistan Cricket Team, suffered a knee injury during last month’s second test against Sri Lanka. As a consequence, he was sidelined from the Netherlands series and, later, from Pakistan’s Asia Cup 2022 squad, which is a big blow to the side in its ongoing venture.
After Shaheen has been advised to rest for four to six weeks, he will also miss the upcoming T20I series versus England at home. His chances of playing in the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia are minimal. With the hopes of getting him to recover before the World Cup, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has sent Shaheen to London for further recovery and rehabilitation.
Mohammad Hafeez has issued his take on the cause calling the board’s act criminal for mishandling Shaheen’s injury. He feels the bowler should have been looked the right way since he is the asset of the team’s bowling line-up.
Hafeez believes Shaheen could have been sent anywhere for the rehabilitation process at first without wasting a month. This is not only Hafeez, but many see Shaheen’s load since he has been the main bowler of the squad across all formats, featuring without rest.
Talking in a video shared on his Twitter, Hafeez narrated,
“My problem with Shaheen is that he is not just Pakistan’s product but that of the world. The world wants to see him. We have to look after him in the right way,”
“The things that I read and heard over the last few days, there was an official post. So this period of four weeks or six weeks or eight weeks – since the time he got injured, I think wasting this time is a criminal act,”
“A product like Shaheen, who is not just Pakistan’s but the world’s, and we have more such cricketers who have a fan following across the world, we need to look after them properly. This is why I feel they have now understood that and sent him to England,”
“I feel they should have taken this decision when he got injured in the first place. They should have settled their findings straight away and sent him for the best rehab to England or wherever else,”
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) August 30, 2022